Like the butterfly effect, one country’s foreign investor policy could impact Canada’s real estate market, say experts, funnelling more buyers to already-hot markets across the country.
The Prime Minister and B.C. Premier have both ruled out taxing foreign investors in a bid to curb rising house prices in Vancouver.
Real estate agents and developers in Vancouver say that foreign ownership of commercial property in the city may be overstated.
Kennedy Stewart, the MP for Burnaby, has once again called for a housing study to be conducted by government agencies and for these to include data on foreign ownership.
While opinions differ on both the level and the impact of foreign ownership of homes in Vancouver, many of the city’s residents are fed up with rising prices making the city unaffordable.
An academic says that there needs to be tougher regulation on housing in Vancouver to curb rising prices.